IDEA to Open Four New Schools in Elsa and Pharr in 2018



We at IDEA Public Schools are so excited to announce plans to open four new schools in Elsa and Pharr in August 2018. The two new locations, IDEA Academy and College Prep Elsa and IDEA Owassa Academy and College Prep, will collectively serve nearly 1,300 students in the Rio Grande Valley in their first year.

Parents, you can visit www.ideapublicschools.org/apply to submit an application for the 2018-19 school year starting on September 1. Additionally, IDEA will host a student lottery in January to randomly select who will fill spots at IDEA campuses for the 2018-19 school year. The selection process is done randomly to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to attend an IDEA school.

IDEA Elsa will be the first campus in the city, and will serve over 650 students in Pre-K through 1st and 6th grade. The campus will add a grade level until it reaches full-scale status in 2024. IDEA Owassa will be the second IDEA campus in Pharr, Texas. The campus will also serve over 650 students in Pre-K through 1st and 6th grade its opening year.

We are so proud to welcome IDEA Elsa and IDEA Owassa to our Team & Family, and to continue our mission of educating 100,000 students on the road to and through college by 2022.    



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